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Technology Benchmark: Business 101

By Harry O. Ward, PE
As I have traveled cross country in the past couple of weeks, from Los Angeles to New England, I have continued to hear doom and gloom about layoffs, cut paychecks, reduced benefits and cut hours. Although the effect of the recession is staggering in its depth, breadth and sadness, I want to proclaim that it is good news in the long run-not necessarily for those individuals affected, but for the economy and the companies involved.
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Opinion: What Matters More-Quality or Appearance?

By Larry Phipps, PLS
Too many surveyors pay too little attention to the details by which we are judged.
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The Data Czar: Harnessing Your Data

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A datum is used as an established point of reference for the purpose of meaningfully measuring, synchronizing and positioning data. Without a reference point, measurements are relatively insignificant. It is the same for our data. Without centralized storage, our data are often so scattered across our folders, desktops, servers and collectors that they become unrelated and meaningless.
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The Data Czar: Bringing GIS Back Home

By Darron Pustam, MBA, GISP
It is no wonder that geographic information systems and surveying are in a state of turmoil over supremacy. The information-conscious among us seized the opportunity to manipulate the data left on the servers, and the birth of geographic information systems began. As this realization occurred to the surveyor, the battle to regain control of collected data ensued.
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Technology Benchmark: The Surveyor Is Our Bellwether

By Harry O. Ward, PE
There is a lot of talk these days about how the economy is doing. Are we at the bottom? Is the situation beginning to turn around? In the development business, the surveyor has long been the economic bellwether.
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Opinion: Surveyors and Engineers Should Be Above Reproach

By Elvin Aycock PE, PLS, P
It is important for everyone in the surveying and engineering professions to understand that the privilege of providing professional services comes with the responsibility of doing so ethically and with integrity.
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Opinion: Why We Need a National Museum of Surveying

By Julia C. Langfelder
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Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." When people ask the National Museum of Surveying, “Why a surveying museum? How boring!”-Einstein’s statement has become our motto.
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The Data Czar: Finding the Birthplace of Your Data

By Darron Pustam, MBA, GISP
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By uniquely tagging each piece of data in a process, we can do almost anything and have a permanent record of that action and how it relates to other processes. We can pin down the birthplace of each piece of data-how it was created, who created it and what format it was created in. When each piece of data is created once and tagging it uniquely, we can ensure that it is routed efficiently through the rest of the system.
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Technology Benchmark: "I Wish I Never Became a Surveyor!"

By Harry O. Ward, PE
I just heard a surveyor say that he wishes he had never become a surveyor. This licensed fellow has been unemployed for a year and a half and is doing part-time work and odd jobs to pay the bills. In fact, he is now repairing lawn mowers and said he is making more money than he did as a surveyor.
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The Data Czar: Diagramming Your Processes

By Darron Pustam, MBA, GISP
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Once you have a thorough understanding of your user data needs, the next step is to begin mapping the major workflow process in your organization from beginning to end. To build efficient and timeless processes, data must flow smoothly from process to process and do so from a single source.
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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.

9/30/14 2:00 pm EDT

Technical Workflows on the Job Site Using 3D Laser Scanning

The purpose of this webinar is to dig into different laser scanning workflows and techniques.


POB September 2014

2014 September

In this September 2014 issue of POB, we take a look at a book that reveals how a rare-map dealer made millions stealing ancient maps. Also, discover the secrets of a 21st-century surveyor and how technology enables small surveying businesses to ease growing pains and maximize their potential.

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